What is a CLP Oil?

A CLP oil is a blend of ingredients or chemicals that will do 3 things when applied to metal surfaces.

  1. Clean
  2. Lubricate
  3. Protect or resist corrosion

The CLP oil concept was designed to be an “All-In-One” weapon maintenance product. I think the military initiated this concept but I’m not 100% positive. So the idea was to have a single product that would clean, lubricate and protect small arms instead of using 3 separate products, an oil, gun cleaner and a corrosion inhibitor. Great idea but can a CLP do all of these and do them well?

After testing quite a few CLPs, I can say from personal experience that most CLP’s can lubricate and protect metal surfaces well BUT most do not clean very well with the exception of Ballistol CLP. Ballistol was the only CLP that I tested that cleaned carbon and powder residue well. Ballistol also lubricates and protects very well. It’s a good product.

You can see how the carbon and powder residue were wiped easily off of the center of this metal plate. I burned 3 powder charges in the center and then sprayed Ballistol on it. I let it soak for 10 minutes and then wiped with some clean patches. If you want to try some Ballistol, here is a link to get some…Ballistol CLP at Amazon.com